5 Things You Didn't Know About Alcatraz

April 20, 2016

Located on a small island surrounded by choppy waters, just off the coast of San Fran, lies a prison that has held the country’s most dangerous criminals...

Alcatraz -- like something out of a comic book, it’s no wonder it’s the most notorious incarceration facility in the country. Home to likes of Al Capone, George “Machine-Gun” Kelly, and Arthur “Doc” Barker, the high security federal building operated from 1934 to 1963, containing the murderous gangsters of the 1920s and 30s. In its 29 years of operation, the prison managed to rack up quite a colorful -- and sometimes violent -- history.

Here’s a quick look at some intriguing Alcatraz facts you may not know. If you don't get your fix here, read on to check out the activities we offer that will take you there to see it for yourself!

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    Carneros Wildlife Preserve Tour

    Come explore six miles of twists and turns through the Carneros Wildlife Refuge on a stand up paddle board excursion! This tour spans both Napa and Sonoma Counties so you can get a new perspective on California wine country. Keep your eyes peeled for morning egrets, blue herons, and osprey, set to a champagne vineyard backdrop! This kind of view is only accessible by water, so don’t forget those waterproof camera cases! You'll glide on the ebb and flow of the San Pablo Bay into the northern reaches of the preserve, where you can achieve downwind speeds of over 12 mph! All along your journey, you'll enjoy the company of a knowledgeable guide, there to tell you about the natural and human history of the Carneros Wildlife Preserve.
    Carneros Wildlife Preserve Tour

    730 Water St , Napa

    • Take a paddle board tour of the Carneros Wildlife Refuge that spans both Napa and Sonoma Counties
    • Keep on the lookout for morning egrets, blue herons, osprey and more
    • Get exclusive views of the champagne vineyard only accessible by water
    • Glide along the flow of the San Pablo Bay and achieve speeds of up to 12 mph
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    Mirror Maze

    "Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude. Those colors are just...whoooooooa." Want to get to that point without the health and legal risks? Come to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze for an experience like no other! During this crazy attraction, you'll wind your way through a labyrinth of mirrors, set aglow by black lights. You'll completely lose track of where you are and where you're trying to go -- but that's the fun part! This psychedelic experience is completely mindblowing, so just let go and enjoy the ride. Or should we say trip?
    Mirror Maze

    Pier 39, San Francisco

    • Make your way through an intricate labyrinth of mirrors and try your best not to get lost!
    • See black lights, glowing mirrors, and crazy effects
    • Stay and trip out for as long as you want
    • Have the most psychedelic experience one can legally reach in San Francisco!
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    Escape Room Omega

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    Professor Stanley, known for his theory of time travel, mysteriously disappeared inside his own office three days ago. As his closest friend, you've decided to seek the truth. In this interactive game, you'll have the chance to work with friends, family, and complete strangers to solve this perplexing enigma. Your courage and teamworking skills will be put to the test during this time'sensitive mission. With a 39% escape rate, this game will stretch your mind as far as it will go. Oh, and pay attention to any clues related to time... otherwise, the same thing could happen to you.
    Escape Room Omega

    5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond

    • Solve the mystery behind the mysterious disappearance of a professor
    • Use your intellect and wits to decipher clues and escape a locked room under 60 minutes
    • Work together with friends and complete strangers to discover the truth
    • Enjoy the thrill of the time crunch and the terror of the ominous challenge
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    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.

    Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.

    Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

    Highlights of this day trip include:

    • Pacific Ocean drive
    • Cannery Row
    • Lone Cypress
    • Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
    • Carmel Mission
    • Monterey Bay
    • 17-Mile Drive
    • Seal Rock
    • Carmel by the Sea
    Monterey, Carmel & a 17-Mile Drive Day Trip

    2627 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Cruise along California's famous 17-Mile Drive on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco
    • Follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to explore shops or visit the aquarium
    • Discover the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea's downtown shopping district and beautiful beaches
    • Enjoy plenty of stops and fantastic photo opportunities along the way.
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    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

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    Think you've got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Put your survival skills to the test during this escape room challenge! Escape room games lock you in a room and pit you against the clock, leaving you just one hour to locate a series of clues, unravel an overarching puzzle, and make your escape! You'll have to work successfully with a small group of fellow players, making this a great team-building challenge. Use your brain--or it's zombie chow!
    Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

    660 Bryant St, San Francisco

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive game where you must find a way to escape a locked room
    • Exercise your critical thinking skills to piece together clues in order to solve the mystery
    • Work with a small team to better your odds of completing the task within the allotted time
    • Feel the rush as you race against the clock -- and the zombies!
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    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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    Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay. The sailings are timed to coincide with sunsets; the Sunset Bay Cruise departure time and route will differ to the Twilight Cruise which sails during the winter months. With live commentary by the captain and cool background music, this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.

    As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, you'll cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason.

    During the cruise, enjoy an assortment of vegetarian, turkey and roast beef sandwiches, antipasti, crudite with dip, potato and Caesar salads, seasonal fruits, freshly baked miniature desserts, and a complimentary beverage.

    A full bar with drinks and merchandise is available aboard. All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, and restrooms. There is no assigned seating or formal dress required, come as you are for an evening of relaxed sunset sailing! Vessels operate on bio-diesel, a renewable energy source. In the winter, the cruise changes its itinerary to make the most of the spectacular city lights view of San Francisco. As the sun sets over the horizon, you'll sail past San Francisco's modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, the infamous island of Alcatraz and both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

    Your evening of breathtaking San Francisco views will be accompanied with live guitar entertainment, hearty buffet of sandwiches, salads, dessert, and a beverage from the bar.

    Whether you are enjoying the skyline views from the ship's heated indoor spaces or out on the outdoor viewing decks, the city lights are an unmissable San Francisco attraction.
    San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

    Pier 43, San Francisco

    • Sail on a cruise along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline under the setting sun
    • Take superb photos of the historic Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Indulge in a hearty hors d'oeuvres buffet of different assortments, along with complimentary drinks
    • Hear live commentary by the captain and enjoy the smooth background music
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    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

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    Amazing things come in small packages. On this tour of the historically Latin neighborhood, the emphasis is on the quality of the food you taste, not the size of the portion. Good thing there are so many treats to be had! Get inside looks and tastes at some of the best shops and restaurants in the San Francisco culinary world. You'll love a top-rated, seasonal Michael Lazar-created cocktail, a cheese flight featuring only American artisan cheeses paired with a unique Belgian style dark beer, artisan cured ham and oyster from the first and only ham and oyster bar, seasonal fruit tastings from an iconic local groceries, and salted caramel ice cream, voted one of the top five desserts in the country. You might even get beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod taco duo from a bar featuring over 350 kinds of tequila, or a sweet potato quesadilla. As you go, you'll get behind the scenes meetings with chefs, learn the culinary history of this vibrant neighborhood, enjoy the colorful murals, and discover firsthand what makes the Mission District such a foodie force to be reckoned with.
    Mission District Food Tour with Alcohol Pairings

    3543 18th St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in the Mission District
    • Taste artisan cheese, ham, oysters, fruit, and one of the top desserts in the country
    • Try craft cocktails, unique beer, and discover the neighborhood’s vibrant culinary history
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    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    Views from above, views from the water! Savor the breathtaking aerial views of San Francisco on a helicopter tour. Take in well-known landmarks from above, such as Alcatraz Island and the spectacular Golden Gate and Bay Bridges spanning the bay. After your flight, end your day in style aboard a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay as the sun sets.

    Enjoy the sights of San Francisco on the way to the heliport. Once onboard your quiet and smooth reliable helicopter seating 4 to 6 passengers, the exhilarating adventure begins. Musical background accompanies spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot. During your 20-minute flight, see the famous hills of San Francisco and the striking cityscape. Admire aerial views of Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge and more. Upon landing, the shuttle drops guests for boarding on the yacht where delightful views of San Francisco from the water await. On your 2.5 hour cruise, savor an elegant 4-course dinner, enjoy live music entertainment and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering San Francisco skyline. Your evening concludes at Pier 3.

    Helicopter Tour and Dinner Cruise

    333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco

    • Admire the beauty of the skyline and the bay as you go for a 20 minute helicopter ride and dinner cruise
    • Soar over San Francisco and capture breathtaking views from the vantage point of a helicopter
    • Savor a 4-course dinner aboard a yacht passing landmarks like Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Enjoy live music and stroll the outer decks for incomparable views of the glittering skyline
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    Beers and Bikes Tour

    Bikes and beers were born to go together, like peanut butter and jelly, or handlebar mustaches and irony. Explore some of San Francisco's newest and hippest neighborhoods as you pedal to and from three of the area's best craft breweries and beer gardens, where you can cool off with frosty pints of local brews. Past tours have included stops like 21st Amendment Brewery, Magnolia Brew Pub, Barrel Head Brewhouse, and Triple Voo Doo Brewery. Besides, no need to feel guilty about spending the day drinking, you'll just work it off on your way to the next spot.
    Beers and Bikes Tour

    49 Lusk St, San Francisco

    • Tour San Francisco by bike as you visit the area's best breweries and beer gardens
    • Stop at off the beaten path locations and enjoy delicious local brews
    • Embrace a perfect combination of exercise and recreation
    • Participate in a cool and unique way to explore the city
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    Mission District Food Tour

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    Amazing things come in small packages. On this tour of the historically Latin neighborhood, the emphasis is on the quality of the food you taste, not the size of the portion. Good thing there are so many treats to be had! Get inside looks and tastes at some of the best shops and restaurants in the San Francisco culinary world. You'll love a cheese flight featuring only American artisan cheeses, artisan cured ham and oyster from the first and only ham and oyster bar, seasonal fruit tastings from an iconic local groceries, and salted caramel ice cream, voted one of the top five desserts in the country. You might even get beer-and-a-shot braised chicken and cod taco duo from a bar featuring over 350 kinds of tequila, or a sweet potato quesadilla. As you go, you'll get behind the scenes meetings with chefs, learn the culinary history of this vibrant neighborhood, enjoy the colorful murals, and discover firsthand what makes the Mission District such a foodie force to be reckoned with.
    Mission District Food Tour

    3543 18th St, San Francisco

    • Explore the amazing array of gourmet offerings in the Mission District
    • Taste artisan cheese, ham, oysters, fruit, and one of the top desserts in the country
    • Enjoy behind the scenes meetings with chefs and industry professionals
    • Discover the neighborhood’s vibrant culinary history
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    6 positive reviews

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